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The Woodys

Telluride To Tennessee – 2005 (Everett Family)

Reviewed by Greg Milliken

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For their third album, Colorado-based husband and wife Michael and Dyann Woody depart from the hook-laden country pop of their earlier outings. Assisted by former Desert Rose members Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson, the Woodys take a distinctly bluegrass and honky tonk-inspired journey. While fans of the first two releases will find this one as much Stanley Brothers as Everly Brothers, the duo's trademark tight harmony and Michael's strong songwriting skills remain intact.

The Woodys firmly establish their intentions in the opener, "Greener Pastures," a hard-charging bluegrass lament. "Hillbilly Heart" and "He's Back and I'm Blue (Grass)" are in a similar vein. "Kick Up The Dust" is a Cajun stomper, and the light-hearted country rocker "Bop Shebang" and ballad "That's The Way Love Goes" are the cuts that old fans will find the most familiar. "I Couldn't Love You Anymore" and "Sin City" are classic honky tonk and also nicely done.

Michael wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 13 offerings, and he and Dyann ably handled production chores. The sound is appropriately bright and warm throughout, and the CD is nicely packaged with sepia photos, insightful liner notes and lyrics.